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14 April 2024

Man cons business partner with forged visas

By Eman Al Baik

A 31-year old Bangladeshi worker, KRK, allegedly conned a compatriot by forging three photocopies of visas and taking Dh26,400 from the victim, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.

The accused had promised to send Dh2,300 to the victim's family back home but the messenger carrying the money home had disappeared with the money. The accused owed the victim Dh2,300 and to compensate him for that amount, he told him that he would issue a work permit.

The victim, DO, approached the accused and met him in Bur Dubai area.

The accused introduced himself as Rana. The duo struck a conversation, the victim testified in court.

“I told him my story of my friend who I trusted  and handed him over

Dh2,300 to deliver to my family when he left the country. He breached the trust and took the money. I was emotionally affected and cried before him…so he suggested that I can compensate for the loss by issuing work visas to relatives back home and that we will share the profits… I agreed and so looked for someone interested to come and work in the UAE… I asked my relative to send me his passport photocopy and Dh8,800. I handed over the documents to the so-called Rana and he actually issued the visa… I checked the visa and found out it was genuine… He then approached me and asked if there are other people interested to work in the country… I communicated with two relatives and each one sent me their passport photocopy and Dh8,800. This time Rana started panicking and then he told me that he had sent the visas to the two people… I asked my relatives to send me the visas… Checking them I found out that they are forged… I arranged a meeting with him claiming that I will hand him over money… as he came, I caught him and informed the police,” he testified.

Rana, whose real name proved to be KRK denied forging visas and claimed that a third person had issued the visa.The victim’s friend, AS, 30, a Bangladeshi tailor confirmed the vitim's testimony as he was attending each meeting between the two.

“I accompanied the victim each time he met with the accused as well as the last time when we caught him,” he testified.

Another friend who is also a tailor, MJA, repeated the same testimony.

Criminal Evidences reported that the photocopies of the three visas were forged. The Court will issue its sentence on January 30.

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